How is your summer time going thus far? We missed you over the previous 10 days and are excited to catch up! Tomorrow we’re launching our redesign (we will’t wait to share with you), and I’m grateful we obtained to journey to California to go to family. Here are a number of journey pictures, should you’d prefer to see…
Family journeys can all the time have ups and downs (bear in mind this hilarious article?), however touring is a lot simpler now that the boys are older. First, we drove to Sonoma. I couldn’t imagine the fantastic thing about driving previous vineyards, and I saved telling everybody to pinch themselves. “I feel like we’re in Parent Trap,” Toby stated reverently.
My dad and twin sister joined us at an Airbnb, and it was such a celebration to all be collectively after nearly two years aside.
We ended up falling right into a routine: Every morning, whereas the opposite adults slept or labored, the boys and I might get up, eat breakfast, and instantly head to TrainTown, which is an lovely amusement park with six rides surrounded by timber. You may also take a 20-minute practice trip, which stops midway via so you may feed goats and alpacas. The boys liked it a lot, we went all 4 days in a row. (I might watch them from a shady bench and take heed to podcasts:)
In the afternoons, we’d swim and loosen up on the home. One day, my dad, my sister and Alex went wine tasting, however the boys watched a film and I dozed on the couch as a result of typically doing completely nothing is the perfect, don’t you assume?
In the evenings, we’d eat dinner collectively on the deck. (It’s humorous, I feel my sister and I look a lot extra like twins now that we’ve gotten older. We had been so completely different as children!)
My sister additionally made this scrumptious pasta, which is predicated on a recipe by my pal Gisela. Here it’s: “Cook frozen peas separately. Cook pasta separately. Shave a bunch of Parmesan in big pan, sauté garlic, add cut asparagus, salt asparagus, cook until asparagus is halfway cooked (bright green but not al dente yet). Add enough heavy cream to cover asparagus, bring to simmer, cook until asparagus done, throw in peas. Take off heat, then add Parmesan. Stir until Parmesan is melted. Pour pasta into sauce.” YUM.
After three nights in Sonoma, we stated goodbye to my dad and sister and drove up the coast to Mendocino. We stayed in a lodge for 2 nights, however I’d really suggest staying in an Airbnb within the village as a result of it’s so charming and foggy and quaint.
One morning, we rented a canoe and paddled down the river. We noticed seals and lasted an hour and a half!
On our drive again to town, we stopped at Hendy Woods State Park to see the redwoods. Toby was grumpy (hikes, guys), however Anton liked strolling on fallen tree trunks and maintaining his eye out for bears.
We ended our journey in San Francisco, having fun with the slides at Dolores Park and consuming plenty of tacos.
One night, Alex took the boys to a Giants recreation…
…whereas I walked round, ate lunch with a pal at Tartine Manufactory, peeked into cute retailers, and devoured tart Greek frozen yogurt. It’s such a deal with to have some alone time on journeys, should you can handle to sneak away!
Finally, right here’s Anton strolling dwelling from the park: “Look, I’m a mom!” (Nailed it.)
Ahh, California, thanks for having us! We love you! What have you ever been as much as recently? How has your summer time been thus far? I wish to catch up… xo
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(Golden Gate Bridge photograph by Lilly Bloom/Stocksy.)